ACN Disaster Response
Julie and Cujo, separated by Hurricane
Katrina are ecstatic to be back together.
Jackie and Princess
ACN accepted 30 cats and dogs from the All Creatures Great and Small shutdown into foster care. (A special thanks goes to Gina Phairus for donating her professional behavior assessment services to match dogs to ACN foster homes.)
Hurricane Katrina 2005: When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in fall 2005, ACN volunteers rushed to both Mississippi and Louisiana to help set up animal triage centers and provide care for the animal victims. Other ACN volunteers solicited much-needed pet food and supplies locally and transported them to the disaster area. Soon after, the ASPCA asked if ACN would accept any cats and dogs from the flooded Louisiana animal shelters into our foster homes. Because these were surrendered shelter animals, they had no place to go and no one looking for them; we willingly opened our hearts and foster network to them.
The Huricane Katrina animals came to ACN by
car, van, and tractor trailer.
The intake, evaluations and
compassionate care begins.
With the arrival of each transport from the disaster area, our medical staff and volunteers immediately recorded the intakes, began medical assessments and treatments, and matched animals with appropriate foster homes. For those animals who had not been surrendered, we also initiated reunification efforts using any clues we could find, such as microchips and tags.
When all was said and done, ACN had taken in and aided 115 cats and dogs from the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. We were successful in reuniting a dozen of the displaced cats and dogs with their people back home, and we found loving, responsible adoptive homes for those animals who were not claimed despite our best efforts.
ACN foster Joan Worth reuniting Sugar and her Dad
Hurricane Francis 2004: ACN received a call in the middle of the night that the All Creatures Great and Small facility in Henderson County, NC had flooded after Hurricane Francis and the 700-plus animal victims were literally on the street - stacked in crates, tethered to car bumpers or held on leashes without any place to go. ACN’s volunteer veterinarian responded first and was soon joined by dozens of other ACN volunteers. By week’s end, 80 cats and dogs had been transferred into ACN; bathed; treated for medical issues; vaccinated, tested and altered; and placed into loving foster homes until adopted.